Notes from a plant nerd: Spring, Sprang, Sprung, Sproing! What is Springtime?

Spring has fully sprung across Southern Appalachia, as we are awakened daily to birdsong and the bustling morning activity of bees and butterflies.

Festival of the Peonies in Bloom begins

Wildcat Ridge Farm is welcoming visitors throughout May to enjoy the peonies in bloom. 

Native plant sale extended

The annual native perennial plant sale sponsored by the NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteers has been extended. 

Notes from a plant nerd: Barking up the right tree

To get through the winter, some plants go underground to take advantage of the earth’s insulation, while others stay above ground and protect themselves in other ways.

Buy plants, support horticulture education

The annual Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale is now underway, with orders due pre-paid by Friday, March 8. 

The plant doctor is in

It’s not yet time to plant for spring, but Haywood County Master Gardeners are still available to answer questions about all manner of plant-related issues. 

The plant doctor is in

The growing season is winding down, but Haywood County Master Gardeners are still available to answer questions about all manner of plant-related issues. 

Notes from a plant nerd: I see ghost flowers

This time of year, as the wind rustles the leaves and the shadows begin to elongate as the sun lingers lower on the horizon, the veil between the worlds seems to grow thinner and thinner.

Celebrate native plants

The seventh annual North Carolina Native Plants Week is underway, running Oct. 16-22, and Audubon North Carolina is encouraging people to celebrate by planting native species in their own yards or gardens. Plants require less water this time of year, but they also still have enough time to establish before colder winter weather.  

Get schooled in the Smokies

Catch a doubleheader in mountain education with a pair of programs offered through the University of Tennessee Smoky Mountain Field School Saturday, Aug. 19.

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